Travel To Africa & Discover Your Roots With The Help Of Airbnb And 23andMe
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
Traveling to a country that your ancestors once called home is often an enriching and life-changing experience. For Americans with African roots, this can be an especially emotional experience after a lifetime of not knowing.
Thanks to the growing popularity of genetic tracing services like 23andMe and Ancestry.com, people are learning more about their roots and the origins of their ancestors. Naturally, curiosity has spread, and many people are starting to take actionable steps toward exploring their history with “heritage travel” trips to the countries of their origins.
Airbnb and 23andMe are promoting this type of travel with a new partnership that encourages you to “travel in the context of your own roots.”
“Within the past five years, an increasing number of travelers are choosing to visit places connected with their ancestry, and see it as an important emotional consideration when planning travel,” says Airbnb.com on their website.
The website links you directly to 23andme.com where you can choose from three different packages starting at $79 for their current sale. Once your order is placed, you receive a saliva kit in the mail. Send the sample back to 23andme, and you can expect to receive your results in 3-5 weeks via email.
“At-home DNA kits shed light on genetic heritage, inspiring travelers to connect with new places,” says Airbnb. “Authentic travel experiences create a sense of belonging for travelers, and journeying to your roots only extends that sense of belonging.”
Once you’ve received your online report, you can start booking your heritage travel trip-of-a-lifetime. Airbnb hopes you will book your accommodations, experiences, and adventures through their website.
“Discovering your heritage with 23andMe enables you to form new and unexplored bonds with people, places, histories and cultures the world over,” says Airbnb. “Airbnb enables you to engage with the world through that newly-discovered cultural lens.”